The Davenport Community School District board came to a difficult decision, not to renew their contract with Family Resources' Wittenmyer Learning Center.
The school board says the choice not to renew the contract, isn't because board members aren't confident in the Wittenmeyer staff, but because they are confident in the district's teachers and other staff members.
"I am one of those teachers and I'm ready and willing to take on the challenge of participating in the new program, working explicitly with children who have severe and emotional needs, and giving them the support they need," said Davenport Teacher Nicole Weimert.
"Your plan does not address the students that are safety risks to be educated off campus," said Stephanie Hernandez, Director of Residential Services.
All but one board member voted to not renew the contract. Some big issues include the building, the Kimberly Center not suitable enough for the 110 students now at the Wittenmeyer Learning Center.
Another concern is having them transition properly, so it's not a traumatic experience.
There's also a financial impact on Family Resources.
The contract with the school district makes up for 20 percent of their operations, that's more than $2.5 million dollars.
"We are accustomed to contracting and enhancing our services , and now that we know a decision, we'll work hard to figure out a new business plan," said Cheryl Goodwin, Pres. And CEO OF Family Resources.
Family Resources said they are worried the district won't be able to take this on.
The change will take place in the next school year.
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